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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most twenty-first century Canadian churches are either plateaued or in decline. While church planting is vital, the need for the missional renewal of existing churches represents both a crisis and an opportunity. This project evaluated pastoral leadership in fifteen Canadian congregations in order to identify effective strategies for the missional renewal. This project orbited around two questions. What type of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Evangelistic work, Church renewal Canada, Alpha courses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project  Abstract: The purpose of this research project was (1) to clarify the common identity and shared features of gospel city movements (GCMs) in the U.S., and (2) to discern the perceived applicability and usefulness of the collective impact (CI) model to current largescale movements. This study was grounded in a theology of the city which was constructed through a biblical survey of the metanarrative of Scripture. A...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, City missions United States, Cities and towns Religious aspects, Cross-cultural...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The goal of this thesis-project is to provide a deeper understanding of the pastoral counseling challenges faced by rural ministers and to create a resource to aid them in addressing those challenges. This thesis begins by defining rural and painting a picture of the current state of rural America. This is followed up by a survey of rural pastors focusing on the issues and struggles they encounter in the course of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Rural churches United States, Pastoral counseling United States Rural churches,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  « Le rôle de l'Église dans la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti: une réponse théologique à un phénomène social. » Tel est le titre de ce travail de recherches, de réflexion, et d'exégèse biblique. En fait, c'était en réfléchissant sur Actes 4:34 que je m'étais demandé : comment une Église peut-elle contribuer à la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti ? Cette question a servi de fil conducteur...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Poverty Haiti Religious aspects, Poverty Religious aspects Christianity,...
ABSTRACT  Many Christians today are not only uninformed about basic theology but are even hostile towards it. As Grenz and Olson tell us in their book, Who Needs Theology?, the problem is not with theology. The problem is with the theologians – both in the pulpit and in the pews. The pastor/theologian has a theology, though it is often guided by tradition instead of Scripture. The theologian in the pew must be taught the truth by the theologian in the pulpit. Al Mohler writes that “every...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching
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Abstract: This project entailed designing, implementing, and assessing a Translation Studies curriculum aimed at preparing students who are headed for various ministry settings to deal with issues related to the nature of the Bible and Bible translation. The goal of my project was to help the students improve their understanding of the complexities of the nature of the Bible (origins, infallibility issues, its reflection of the character of God, etc.) and the complexities of Bible translation...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, leadership, translation studies curriculum
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Many of America's military veterans who have served in conflicts such as the Vietnam War, The Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan} have suffered what are considered invisible wounds within their souls known as Moral Injury. Ml can be characterized as feelings of betrayal, loss of innocence, and wounded conscience that results from the inability to reconcile one's perceived...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral care Veterans, Church work with veterans
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Soutenue le 4 mars 2016 ,devant la commission d'évaluation composée de Madame Karen E. Mason (PhD.) et de Monsieur Jay Michel St-Fort (DMin.), cette thèse porte sur l'étude des principes de l'enseignement des enfants dans les églises évangéliques en Haïti, via l'école du Dimanche. S'appuyant sur un corpus constitué de cinq chapitres, ladite thèse se propose d'améliorer le système d'enseignements qui...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian education of children Study and teaching, Haiti
Abstract The central issue of this thesis-project is how The Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development, a non-governmental organization that offers business education opportunities to businesspeople in northern Greece, can impact an economic structure that lacks a sound ethical basis of operation. The NGO applies principles consistent with biblical values in its seminars conducted by American businessmen committed to the Christian faith. This thesis-project examines the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, economics, development
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis sought to discover the beginnings, organization, development, and growth ofthe Church ofGod ofProphecy in South Carolina, and to identify key people, places, and events that were pivotal in this Pentecostal denomination's significant genealogy. The author used extensive archival research, review of existing literature, and interviews ofeyewitnesses and participants to compile pertinent data. The research...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophesy South Carolina History, Pentecostalism United States...
Abstract  Men and women do not naturally understand each other even when they speak the same language. Study after study in the realm of social psychology has demonstrated that communication is a problem for husbands and wives. These same studies show that good communication heads the list of characteristics essential for a marriage satisfying to both partners. This dilemma is not easily solved, as current divorce statistics evidence. A culture that trumpets, "Men are from Mars and Women...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, marital communication
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This historical case study explores leadership in the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) during the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Revolution using Robert Quinn's concept of the "Fundamental State of Leadership" as a research lens. Based on interviews and other first-person accounts, analysis indicated that persecution forced MKC leaders to clarify the priority of their devotion to Jesus and engagement in his misison....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), Persecution Ethiopia History 20th century,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry, ThesisProject Abstract:   The role of the pastor’s wife within the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) remains largely unaddressed despite more than one hundred years of women serving in this capacity. The purpose of this thesis-project was to help prepare persons who already may be or will be assuming the role of pastor’s spouse within the COGOP. To quantify the issues facing pastors’ spouses, a questionnaire of thirty-five questions...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy United States, Clergy Family relationships, Spouses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: In the past twenty years, millions of Chinese have come to embrace Christianity as their main belief. Yet, this amazing phenomenon of people turning to Christ is not happening in every part of China. I have been ministering among the Chinese for 15 years, and in recent years, I discovered that there are more than 250 people groups in which there are no Christians at all. These groups are classified as minorities...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Evangelistic work, China
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The library is one of the chief academic resources of the Bible College. It reflects, in a bibliographic way, the very purpose and philosophy of the institution. These Standards were written to challenge the Library Director and staff to fulfil its mission to the institution and to AABC. The primary objective of the writer is a qualitative analysis of the policies and procedures of the library with helpful...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, American Association of Bible Colleges, Bible college libraries Standards,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
ABSTRACT   This project focuses on churches wanting to grow in both numbers and spirituality. It evaluates the dynamics of growth within those congregations, particularly as that growth is facilitated by the professional staff of individual churches. Most congregations indicate a desire for their ministry to move into more lives. While this may be the stated intent of most congregations, it is often not their experience. How can this be changed? The project’s conclusions are based on...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church growth
Abstract: Preachers are responsible to “preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2), a significant portion of which is in the form of Old Testament narrative literature. Although these Old Testament narratives originate in another era, language, and culture, an accurate understanding of these stories can enable preachers to prepare sermons that proclaim “God’s Word to us today.” The preacher’s task is to develop and apply genre-sensitive interpretive strategies that will enable him or her to...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, teaching Old testaments
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project examines whether end-of-worship liturgies designed to equip worshipers for missional participation in Christ’s threefold office can play a role in missional transformation. A review of theoretical, practical, and field research literature on missional worship suggests three promising liturgies: intercessory prayers, introduced offerings, and lay commissionings. These liturgies were separately...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal
Abstract: Ministry in the church today is complicated and specialized. Generally, the caring aspect of ministry usually rests on a group of small group leaders. They become the specialists whose task is to take care of the well-being of their group members. The training and equipping of small group leaders usually focuses on the skills of handling ministry situations in group management, dynamics, life stages of small groups, personnel, and discipleship, etc. However, the stress and its effect...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, homiletics
Abstract  In the ten years of being a church planter, I have seen many church plants worship in some very creative public locations without any success in creating a sense of sacred space. Often church planters are so focused on communicating the Gospel and the needs of the people to the church, they often forget what our environment communicates to the people. This thesis-project intends to help church planters be more aware of their worship space and have the ability to take a public space...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, worship, sacred space
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Abstract: The purpose of Radical Faith is to address the subject of faith that is not static or staid, but alive and dynamic as illustrated by the roots of a tree as opposed to the immoveable stones of a foundation. The locus of Radical Faith is the local church in general and Chiltonville Congregational Church (CCC) in particular. More than being academic, historical, or statistical, this thesis is intended to help people move closer to Christ in their walk of faith. It does so by providing...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The current American gender lens, both in the wider culture and in the Christian community, is disproportionately focused on the misconduct of men against women. This thesis-project focuses on blind spots in that gender lens, giving attention to underrecognized objective hardships faced by women and hardships faced by men. Hardships include sex-specific or sex-related physical, medical, educational, occupational,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Man-woman relationships Religious aspects Christianity, Man-woman relationships...
Abstract: Considering the current decline of genuine spiritual commitment to Christ and His mission in the average local church coupled with the absence of power to win and disciple the lost, as the senior pastor of a local non-denominational church (Church of God, Anderson, IN), I prayerfully asked, “What needs to be in place for genuine, long-term, spiritual renewal to occur multi-generationally in the churches of my city? Over the course of 40 years in pastoral ministry in New England...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church growth
Abstract: The main point of this thesis-project is providing a model of how to evaluate a local church in relationship to renewal and revival. Although there are many perspectives in evaluating the problems of a church, comparing it with the characteristics of renewal churches has biblical, historical, and theological integrity. This thesis-project explores how immigrant church in the Greater Boston, MA area in general embody the spiritual vitalities of the Quiet Revival, and evaluates how the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church revival
ABSTRACT  Worship services are rarely adequately valued and theologically reflected. Not even by those who lead them. But as can be observed in Scripture and in church history, worship services are indispensable to the life of faith. They should be prepared with much care. The aim of this thesis-project is to evaluate four goals for worship services: (1) the Guidea: bringing focus. (2) The team-approach: introducing balance, creativity, and quality. (3) The emphases-liturgies: adding...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, worship
ABSTRACT  Traditional teaching on marriage within the conservative, evangelical population often emphasizes male headship, a concept that has been widely accepted as biblical and God-ordained. A closer look at relevant passages in the Scripture shows that the validity of such a concept is questionable. A biblical theology of marital oneness is developed that shows God’s original intent for a married couple was to procreate and have dominion over the earth together as equal partners....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, marriage, hierarchy
Abstract: For centuries, Ethiopia, a Christian nation and home for EFGBC, has been only a receiver instead of sending missionaries abroad. This is true even though there has been a shift of Christianity in the world from north to south, where Ethiopia can contribute much toward evangelism. This research investigates the reason. The researcher designed descriptive character under qualitative, quantitative and focus group approach. He concluded that EFGBC has the potential to be involved in world...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, mission, evangelism
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ABSTRACT  This thesis argues that lay preachers in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland can make progress in expository Christ-centered preaching through a series of preaching workshops on selected Psalms. Lay preachers were surveyed and participated in a series of preaching workshops (in-person or online) that discussed expository preaching tools, a simple Bible overview and Christ-centered preaching. It concludes that a series of preaching workshops on selected Psalms is beneficial in helping...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching
ABSTRACT: Research demonstrates that burnout is experienced by those who work in the fields of social service and care for people. The most recent research also demonstrates that burnout is a factor faced by those in the pastorate. There are specific causes of pastoral burnout and there are specific ways to prevent burnout and to be restored from burnout. The Scriptures demonstrate that the nature of ministry places the pastor at a high risk for pastoral burnout. The burnout of the prophet...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, burnout, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project is designed to consider how canonical apocalyptic literature provides a meta-narrative for postmodern culture. The literature in the fields of postmodern philosophy, hermeneutics, non canonical apocalyptic literature, canonical apocalyptic literature, and homiletics is vast. This project addresses the intersection of those disciplines. Postmodernism has created problems that canonical apocalyptic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Bible as literature, Postmodernism, Apocalyptic literature
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This project is a study on the correlation between preaching and pastoral care. Preaching is an integral part of church ministry. However, pastoral care in the context of preaching has not been seen as an integral aspect of preaching. I believe that incorporating pastoral care in preaching is important. It was so among the Old Testament prophets and in Jesus’ teachings, in Peter’s letters and in Paul’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Pastoral care
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Abstract: The goal of this project is a process by which churches might deter or mitigate deadly force incidents. Chapter 2 posits a biblical and theological framework that traces the theme, descriptively and prescriptively, of safety ministry. Chapter 3 on pre-planning and preparation posits that locked doors and Stop the Bleed® are the starting place for religious leadership. Chapter 4 addresses safety teams and producing a formal emergency operations plan. This project culminates in chapter...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral care
A significant challenge in cross-cultural leadership development is affirming the cultural, ethnic and indigenous identity of the leader while at the same time challenging any dangerous tendencies towards ethnocentricity, the idea that his or her ethnic or cultural identity is superior to all “Others.” These issues are addressed through a biblical and theological examination built on the assumption that God’s Word, both in its written form and in the person of Jesus Christ, simultaneously...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, ethnic identity
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis is a systemic study of the deficiency observed in the living systems of the Ibadan theological education community. This research therefore explored how the living systems of the Ibadan theological education community can renew themselves for a desirable outcome. The overall framework ofthis project finds expression in Villafane's hermeneutic circle of social ethics characterized by the following three...
Topics: Thesis, DMin, GCTS, Theology Study and teaching, Nigeria
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: For years the Church of God of Prophecy in the Bahamas served as a lighthouse, leading many sinners to Christ and assisting many Bahamians in their Christian formation. However, times have changed, and although Pentecostalism continues to grow globally, many churches in the western world have closed their doors in recent years. Secularism and materialism are trending, and there is a need for churches to be more...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy Bahamas, Church of God of Prophecy, Church work with...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  A Redemptive Leadership Model has elements that can enhance leadership growth beyond competencies to a redemptive culture that will unleash organizational effectiveness and growth within Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. This research will examine how the Redemptive Leadership Model can enhance the preparation of leaders for organizational development and effectiveness. Africa New Life Ministries' leaders are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Africa New Life Ministries Rwanda, Christian leadership Africa Rwanda,...
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ABSTRACT  The thesis of this project is that there is hope for overcoming family of origin deficiencies through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the application of Scripture, and an integration of psychological theories and therapeutic principles. The psychological theories that are integrated for this thesis include Family Systems Theory, Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. The thesis was applied to a young married couple with the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, family therapy
ABSTRACT This thesis provides homogenous congregations located in ethnically diverse settings with a theology and model for cross-cultural outreach and inclusion, especially those surrounded by immigrant communities flourishing with non-Christian religions. It relates the journey of an established white congregation reaching out to its diverse neighbors with Christ's love and bringing them into its fellowship. It describes five phases during those 10 years, each with its respective challenges...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, multi-ethnic church congregations
ABSTRACT  This thesis-project is intended to help Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashua, NH be more effective in evangelism and discipleship. The project looks at several factors such as hospitality, boldness, and lack of time, as well as other difficulties that inhibit fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). The thesis-project looks at the Scriptures and current literature to examine these inhibiting factors and also to explore what they have to say about discipleship and evangelism....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, evangelism
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ABSTRACT  Growing up in the Black Church allowed me to experience one of its most cherished practices, which is the practice of testimony. At the beginning of every worship service, bible study or business meeting was a time of singing, prayer and testimony. The person leading the devotion would let the congregation know that anyone who desires to give their testimony could do so in their own way. The time of testimony was a powerful time. It served as a strengthening agent for believers and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, evangelism, preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The biblical teaching should serve as the primary basis in defining the role of pastor and church members in doing ministry. It is evident in the Bible that pastor and church members share the load of doing ministry. Observation showed that member’s participation in ministry is just about 20 percent. This thesis-project aims to increase the participation of church members in doing ministry by establishing its...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Biblical teaching, Gifts Spiritual Biblical teaching,...
ABSTRACT  The purpose of this study was to determine the need for having a formal leadership development program in the local church. The sooner the local church starts developing its people at all levels of ministry, the better off it will be for the church in the long run. Using an observational model that combines qualitative and quantitative research approaches, data were collected from various sources including informal interviews with church leaders of different denominations. By having...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, leadership development
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this study is to present the rediscovering of biblical leadership as a guide to shepherd leadership for the church revival in the 21st century. In doing so, I would like to focus on two research surveys conducted through the theological foundation of Korean Presbyterian Church and Yale Presbyterian Church located in In-Cheon City, South Korea. In the last thirty years of church history and ministry,...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Presbyterian Church Korea History, Christian leadership Korea, Christian...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   Abstract: The Bejeweled Pig Snout: Appropriate Use of Humor in Preaching offers an assessment of the compatibility of humor with the modern preaching experience. It contains an examination of Old and New Testament examples of humor, along with an apologetic for its continued use by today’s proclaimers of Gospel truth. The various types, styles and sources of humor are catalogued, along with a nonprofessional’s look at how...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, preaching, humor
Abstract: In the Bible we encounter judicial concepts such as laws, ordinances, statutes, and commandments. God rules his creation with justice. He is righteous and those who follow his ways are considered righteous. In the New Testament sinners who believe in Jesus are declared righteous on account of Jesus’ righteousness. However, for some cultures, there seems to be a lack of vocabulary for expressing these concepts and language is often borrowed from other cultures that have systems of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, translation, exegesis
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Research suggests that students entering their freshman year of college are losing their faith and walking away from the church. The purpose of this thesis project is to develop an age-appropriate discipleship progam for high school students in youth minstry to reduce chances of them losing their faith. The project consist of surveying eighteen college students between the ages of 18-22 who were taught elements of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Christian life Youth
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ABSTRACT  The problem of sexual addiction cries out to the church for urgent attention. Yet the church continues to ignore and deny the problem. Culture’s addiction to the sexual has extended its roots even into the pulpits of the church where as many as 50 percent of clergy struggle with online pornography. Military chaplains are particularly vulnerable to sexual addiction due to the additional risk factors inherent in the military lifestyle. A biblical model constructs a remedy for sexual...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, sexual addiction, Chaplaincy
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This work address theoretically and practically the spirit and practice of legalism that is undermining the Gospel of grace in the church in Africa. In the theological brief, The Law, The Spirit, and Faith In Sanctiflcution (Part I), our purpose is to clarify and affirm what the Scriptures teach concerning the nature and means of sanctification, and the proper role of the law in New Covenant life. Our thesis is:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sanctification, Law and gospel Biblical teaching, Africa
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Worship empowers discipleship through hearing, sharing, and remembering God’s Story, and encourages discipleship as God’s Story and our stories combine to lead seekers and Christ followers alike to the deeper worship of God. In other words, worship is the alpha and omega of discipleship. Storytelling is the vital component in both worship and discipleship. Worship re-tells God’s Story. Discipleship is...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missional church movement, Discipling (Christianity) Worship, Church work with...
Abstract: This thesis-project is an inductive, descriptive study of the work-related stressors of Salvation Army officership that adversely affect the children of officers, and the spiritual practices that can mitigate these effects. The need to be familiar with the spiritual disciplines that officer families can practice at home is integral for helping children grow in their faith. The goal of this study to recognize the most effective practices for facilitating spiritual maturity in the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, Salvation Army, spiritual formation
Abstract: This thesis examines the usefulness of intentional connections with our ecclesial history for the purpose of sparking revival and renewal in Baptist congregations. The project initially presents the growing identity crisis facing Baptists and the causes behind the crisis. The convictions that distinguish Baptists from other congregations, if not appropriately practiced and passed on, threaten to continue eroding Baptist foundations indefinitely. By looking at the ministry of Isaac...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church renewal and revival
Abstract: The church today is at a crossroads: young people are walking away from the Christian faith in record numbers, not knowing God’s kingdom story or their identities within the context of that story. The church must use this crossroads to approach discipleship in a radically different manner, leading young people to understand their identities within the context of God’s kingdom story so as to provide them a solid foundation of faith that will outlast the doubts, questions, and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, faith, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Il est un fait indéniable que le pasteur a son rôle à jouer dans une politique de santé mentale de chrétiens évangéliques déprimés en Haïti. Notre hypothèse est que le pasteur est le principal responsable qui fait la prise en charge de ses fidèles déprimés en les aidant par tous les moyens appropriés à prendre conscience de leur situation pour mener une vie normale qui édifie les autres et...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Depression Mental Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project explores several media formats for promoting newly translated Scripture portions in the Kwasio language. The ultimate goal is to see God’s Word integrated into the lives of individual Kwasio speakers and to impact Kwasio society. To this end, the author created six print and audio-video formats of the Prodigal Son parable, which were demonstrated and sold at a variety of locations. The study...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Oral communication Cameroon Religious aspects, Visual communication Cameroon...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Around one third of the Hebrew Old Testament is written in poetic form, yet apart from using a poetic layout, major Bible translations generally do not translate these materials poetically. This thesis-project examines the biblical-theological foundations for translating biblical Hebrew poetry as poetry, and argues that doing so could help carry over much of the impact and poetic beauty of the original into the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Translating and interpreting, Hebrew poetry, Biblical Translating
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Inmates often set one goal – to stay out of prison. Stephen Macchia’s Crafting a Rule of Life provided structure to help South Carolina inmates set goals in every major area of their lives as part of their Christian discipleship. It was hypothesized that the internal benefits of centering prayer could help an experimental group implement their rule of life easier than a control group. Pre- and post-survey...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prisoners Religious aspects, Spiritual formation Prisoners, Prayer Study and...
Abstract: This thesis-project seeks to defend the orthodox evangelical doctrine of penal substitution in the light of recent atonement controversies, and encourage contemporary preachers to guard the Gospel by preaching the cross accurately and regularly. Chapter one sets out the nature of these atonement controversies, and outlines a series of three talks aimed at informing today’s preachers of the serious issues at stake and calling them to return to a more cross-centered preaching program....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, theology, salvation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis will review an understanding of Biblical theological and psychological contributions to an integrated perspective of marriage and family therapy. Human beings are created in the image of God and since God is a relational God, they are created to relate to God and other selves, forming I-Thou bonds. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is one approach that serves as a foundation and developing approach to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Emotion-focused therapy Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Couples therapy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This project develops a model for helping students connect the dots in community. This ministry vision for the church invests in a commitment to prepare students to transition from high school without graduating from their faith. Included in this thesis is a two-year Grad Prep Program designed to equip upper-classmen to prepare for this transition. The bottom line of this thesis: a prepped faith is the best faith!...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with teenagers, Christian youth Religious life, Spiritual formation...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: In Christ, God became incarnate, inhabiting flesh. Jesus was human and divine, born to a human mother, and he frequently used touch in his ministry. Through their ordination, clergy imitate Christ as they shepherd their communities, offering people hope and a tangible way of connecting with each other and with God. In our western context and culture, clergy are in danger of losing their confidence in the amazing...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Anglican Church in North America, Pastoral theology Sacraments, Clergy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project investigates the conflict over the Bible's inspiration within the Advent Christian Church from the 1950s through the early 1960s, setting the debate within the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversies and exploring its influence on the two colleges that trained Advent Christian clergy--Berkshire Christian College (Lenox, Mass) and Aurora University (Ill). The conflict represents a clash between two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Advent Christian Church Doctrines, Advent Christian Church, Bible Inspiration...
Abstract: This thesis is designed to encourage pastors committed to a dispensational hermeneutic to preach Christ-centered Old Testament sermons. The research centers on a segment of dispensationalists who attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. After establishing the absence of and need for Christ-centered preaching within dispensationalism, this thesis offers a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, biblical and theological rationale for this approach, a review of pertinent literature, and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, hermeneutic, preaching
Abstract: This thesis-project was a study to investigate and propose effective strategies for launching or developing multiethnic ministry in The Salvation Army. A focus of this thesis-project was to find out where The Salvation Army stands on the matter of multiethnic ministry and how it may achieve effective multiethnic ministry in a diverse community. Through case studies, the writer strived to evaluate current ministries of the three selected multiethnic corps and investigate what were...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, multiethnic ministry, Salvation Army
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The practice of hospitality is at the heart of the Christian faith. Yet, despite its central location in the Bible's life and praxis, it remains in many churches undervalued or outright ignored as a means of Christian discipleship. This dissertation is an exploration of how the ancient biblical prescription and praxis of hospitality forms authentic Christian formation in the local church and in the life of the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity), Hospitality Religious aspects, Hospitality in the...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In this thesis-project I explore the desirability and benefits for Anglican Christians to form and yearly assess a personal Rule of Life. The last question in the Supplementary Instruction of the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer 1962 Canada asks, "What is the vocation of a Christian in this world?" The answer involves making a periodic review of the Rule of Life, according to the pattern described...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Spiritual life Christianity, Spiritual formation
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to compare the effectiveness of two different forms of sermons (narrative vs. propositional) on the sermon recall of children in Korea. Three sermons using the narrative form and three sermons using the propositional form were delivered to the same group of elementary children. Follow-up research demonstrated that while propositional preaching is effective for children, the narrative method of preaching is more effective. Preachers who speak to children...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This research explores the development of six individuals from conversion to fruitful maturity. It was done within the context of a suburban church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The pilot process utilized for the study was developed for use in that church through anecdotal data and the personal experience of the writer. All six of the participants were interviewed and observed by the researcher over a two-year period....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Western Branch Community Church (Chesapeake VA), Spiritual formation
Abstract: The understanding of spiritual formation in the West has been shaped by historical influences and cultural overtones and thought patterns. The question considered in this thesis is: Is the Western understanding of spiritual formation appropriate to the Majority World? In order to answer this question, three key differences that exist between the West and the Majority World are discussed. They are first framed in the specific context of Luther W. New Theological College located in...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual formation, church growth
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ABSTRACT  This thesis-project studies the impact of a new member orientation built on missional discipleship. Most congregations do not recognize disciple-making as their primary role. How can a congregation reclaim its rightful place of disciple-making in the 21st century? It is the contention of this project that a congregation will rediscover her purpose to equip and multiply disciples by first realigning with God’s missional character. To that end, this project will focus on creating an...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary OA
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ABSTRACT  This work is designed to help church leaders to focus on the arduous task of connecting with culture in worship. Why? Simply put, to help culture connect with Christ. We have the message, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life,” (The Message). What many church leaders are in need of is a new method of communicating that message....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, worship, communicating
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project  Abstract: The following work is designed to aid in the development of urban leaders in the hip-hop generation. This study will provide the groundwork for the processes to be used to initiate leadership development in cities. Leadership development will be viewed as a process rather than an event. Today’s church views ministry forms as transferable. The Church must see contextualization as a major need in engaging an...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, City Churches, Leadership, Christian Leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The aim of this thesis-project is to develop a curriculum of spiritual formation in order to promote a holistic spirituality that will thrive within the current cultural climate for emerging adults. The author surveyed various socio-cultural influences, such as consumerism and individualism, affecting emerging adults and their spirituality today. The Holy Trinity is presented as a model to help these individuals...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spiritual formation, Discipling (Christianity), Church work with women, Church...
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Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis
Abstract: Most Korean pastors do not know or use the concept of preaching the big idea. This thesis-project emphasizes the importance of preaching the big idea and suggests a method for improving the ability to communicate the big idea in preaching for Korean pastors. In order to do that, it provides the biblical and theological basis for preaching the big idea, and it offered to Korean pastors a preaching seminar and preaching opportunities before and after the seminar. This thesis-project...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, teaching, big ideas